Programs and Membership

We currently offer the following programs and membership options: Bill Koch League, Bobcats, Wildcats, Junior Racers, and an Annual Membership.

BKL

What is BKL? 

It is the largest, cross-country ski program for young people in the United States. Whether a child loves the adventure and exploration of cross-country skiing, or playing with friends on skis, or wants to grow up to be a ski racer, the New England Bill Koch League has something for everyone. 

The BKL mission is to introduce young people to the lifelong sport of cross-country skiing with all of its recreational, social, fitness, and competitive opportunities.

 

Who does our program serve?

The Bill Koch League is for children from Kindergarten through 8th grade (and their families). The focus is on fun, exploration, skill building, and group skiing. 

Beginners can ski weekly with volunteer coaches, or more experienced skiers can practice 2 - 3 times a week with the option to participate in area races. 

 

What do we do?

Each session will offer a mix of activities that include skill building, adventure and exploration in the woods, and games. Kids and coaches will work together to figure out the right mix of time spent on skills, games, and adventure. 

 

2021 Details:

Due to COVID Health & Safety Guidelines from the state and Middlebury College, we have shifted the Saturday sessions later in the day to avoid overcrowding at Rikert. We will also stagger start times for each group which will be determined once we have enrollment numbers. Groups will ski for approximately one hour.

 

Skiers and parents/guardians will not be able to go inside the Rikert lodge or team room this season other than to use the bathroom, grab-and-go food and pick up rental equipment. Rikert is asking everyone to plan on using their vehicles as their “lodge” this season.

 

We hope to have some tents for shelter and fire pits for warmth, but parents will need to be on site during the entirety of the session in case a child needs a bathroom break, a snack, or to warm up.

 

To avoid the coldest January days, we are starting the season a few weeks later.

BKL Skiers (Beginners K - 8th graders):

  • When:   Saturdays between 2 and 4pm**, January 23th through March 13th 

  • Details:

    • Cost: $85 

    • Includes 8 one hour long sessions, FMN membership, and rental and

            day pass from Rikert each Saturday.

BKL Skiers Family Program NEW THIS YEAR! (Beginners K - 8th graders)

  • When: Saturdays between 2 and 4 pm**, AND Wednesdays 2 to 4pm  

            January 23th through March 13th

  • Details: 

    • Cost: $150 

    • Includes 8 one hour long sessions on Saturday, FMN membership, and rentals for child 

PLUS

  • Frost Mountain Nordic Family Day --rentals and trail access at Rikert for child and ONE parent/guardian each Wednesday from 2 - 4pm. (We may have some recommended ski routes and activities available, but there will not be coaching/instruction on Wednesdays.)

 

** Groups will meet for 1 hour with a staggered start time between 2:00 - 3:00, ending by 4:00.  

    Specific times TBD.

 

Notes about BKL Beginners Program:

    • We encourage parents to put on skis and join their child(ren)’s group. (It might keep you warmer!)

    • We are always in need of volunteers to help lead our groups. Knowledge of ski technique is not necessary, you just need to be willing to have fun and play games with kids. We’ve got plenty of activities we can help you plan.

    • Please let us know if your child has a sibling(s) participating or has a special friend that they would like to be grouped with. We will work to accommodate all requests.

Bobcats

 (Beginner to Intermediate: 2nd - 8th graders)

  • When: Wednesdays 3:00 pm & Saturdays TBA, December 5th - March 13th

  • Details:

    • Cost: $160* 

    • Includes FMN Membership

    • Bobcats is for skiers ready to learn technique and are motivated to ski longer distances. 

    • Skiers will be building & expanding skills on classic and skate skis

    • Includes group skiing with some games, and introduction to racing 

    • Meets 2 days a week, coached by parents with skiing experience 

    • Equipment needs: both classic and skate (or combi) skis, boots and poles

Rikert Ski Pass required and sold separately at rikertnordic.com

Wildcats

Wildcats Program (Intermediate to Advanced --5th - 8th graders)

  • When: Wednesdays 3:00 pm, Fridays 3:30 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am

November 4th - March 13th

  • Details:

    • Cost: $300* 

    • Includes FMN membership, wax and race support, dry land training and access to experienced Nordic coaching

    • Focus is on nordic specific training and technique for both skate and classic skiing

  • Intended for budding competitors 
    • Opportunities to learn to wax and prep skis 

    • Equipment Needs: both classic and skate (or combi) skis, boots and poles.

 

Rikert Ski Pass required and sold separately at rikertnordic.com

Junior Racers

For competitive high schooler racers

  • Advanced skiers interested in competetive racing

  • Wax prep and race support from experienced ski coaches

  • Dry-land/Off-season training with experienced ski coaches, Cost: $150

  • Eastern Cup/VT Cup Race support -- CURRENTLY ON HOLD  

  • Includes FMN membership

Rikert Ski Pass required and sold separately at rikertnordic.com

Annual Membership

  • For anyone not enrolled in a program who would like to support the club, stay informed about club activities, and qualify for discounts at some club sponsored activities.
  • It's also for racers interested in participating in summer training. 
  • Cost: $30
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